1. Officially, no Americans were supposed to be involved in the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion, but two U.S. B-26B bombers were shot down and four Americans were killed.
  2. Rats can chew through wood, cement, brick, lead, cinder blocks and aluminum.
  3. The first commercial suppositories were coated in cocoa butter.
  4. Fidel Castro once ran for Congress as a candidate for the opposition Orthodox Party. But the election was scuttled because of a coup staged by Batista.
  5. A single gram of poison from Bruno's casque-headed frog is enough to kill 80 people or 300,000 mice.
  6. Steve Feltham holds the Guinness World Record for the longest Loch Ness Monster search, camping at Loch Ness for 25 years.
  7. O.J. Simpson almost played the Terminator, but James Cameron thought his persona was “too pleasant” to portray such a dark character.
  8. There's a secret room inside Lincoln's head in Mount Rushmore that was meant to be a vault of American history, but the sculptor died before it could be completed. Over 50 years later, it was partially completed by 4 generations of his family.
  9. There is enough concrete in the Hoover Dam to build a road across the U.S. from coast to coast.
  10. A believer in strict separation of the races at first, Malcolm X once entered into secret negotiations with the KKK.
  11. The Vikings buried their dead in boats according to their Norse religion.
  12. Karl Marx was a European news correspondent for the New York Daily Tribune in the 1850s.
  13. King Harold II was penetrated through the eye with a flying arrow. He died instantly.
  14. Although it is said the Cuban Missile Crisis lasted for 13 days, it went on for 3 additional weeks.
  15. The Apollo program employed more than one half a million people.
  16. Rjukan (Norway) and Viganella (Italy) are both situated in deep valleys where mountains block the sun's rays for up to 6 months every year, so they built gigantic mirrors to reflect daylight downwards.
  17. More Facebook users engaged with top fake 2016 election news than with most popular real reporting, a study found.
  18. Madonna suffers from brontophobia: a fear of thunders.
  19. Prince Charles and Prince William never travel on the same airplane. British Royal protocol is that two heirs should never fly on the same flight together so that the royal lineage is protected.
  20. Albert Einstein renounced his German citizenship in the German Kingdom of Württemberg to avoid military service in 1896 and became stateless for 5 years. He acquired Swiss citizenship in February 1901, Austrian citizenship in 1911, and American citizenship in 1940.
  21. Only about a third of Americans consider themselves "very happy."
  22. Texas has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, a study found.
  23. Sylvester Stallone spent nine days in hospital after Lundgren hit him for real while filming Rocky IV.
  24. Richard Nixon was brought up as a Quaker and, as a boy, went to church 4 times on Sundays.
  25. The site of the Vatican is where Emperor Nero attempted to crush the Christians in Rome by persecuting and murdering Christians.
  26. A major issue the Apollo astronauts pointed out was Moon dust. It caused 'lunar hay fever,' problems with space suits, and dust storms in the crew cabin upon returning to space.
  27. Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was first published in England, not in the U.S.
  28. In 2013, a New York family bought a $3 bowl at a garage sale. It turned out to be an 11th-century Chinese bowl worth $2.2 million.
  29. Until 2015
    it was illegal
    for the British monarch
    to be Catholic or married to one.
  30. Porn websites attract more visitors each month than Amazon, Netflix, and Twitter combined.
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